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Byzantium viewed by the Arabs

Author: Nadia Maria El-Cheikh
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Distributed for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Harvard University by Harvard University Press, ©2004.
Series: Harvard Middle Eastern monographs, 36.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book studies the Arabic-Islamic view of Byzantium, tracing the Byzantine image as it evolved through centuries of warfare, contact, and exchanges. Including previously inaccessible material on the Arabic textual tradition on Byzantium, this investigation shows the significance of Byzantium to the Arab Muslim establishment and their appreciation of various facets of Byzantine culture and civilization. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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El-Cheikh, Nadia Maria.
Byzantium viewed by the Arabs.
Cambridge, Mass. : Distributed for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Harvard University by Harvard University Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)608151468
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nadia Maria El-Cheikh
ISBN: 0932885306 9780932885302
OCLC Number: 55232351
Description: xi, 271 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. The encounter with Byzantium --
Byzantium in the Quran : Surat al-Rum --
Early contacts : Byzantine military leaders --
An exemplary ruler : Emperor Heraclius --
Byzantine craftsmanship : a window to greatness --
Constantinople : sieges and eschatology --
2. Confronting Byzantium --
Byzantine imperial authority : rank, titulature, and power --
The Byzantine emperors and Harun al-Rashid --
Byzantine knowledge : science and philosophy --
Shuubiyya and the "discovery" of pre-Islamic Byzantium --
Homo Byzantinus : criticism of character and practice --
Byzantine women : a source of fitna --
3. Islam on the defensive --
Constantinople : the city of marvels --
Ceremonial, or the grandeur of Byzantium --
Byzantine revival : Islam on the defensive --
The rise and fall of Nicephorus Phocas --
End of an era : the Battle of Manzikert and the fall of Jerusalem --
4. A new reality : revisiting Byzantium --
Homo Byzantinus : the new Christian presence --
Constantinople --
The fall.
Series Title: Harvard Middle Eastern monographs, 36.
Responsibility: Nadia Maria El Cheikh.

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This book studies the Arabic-Islamic view of Byzantium, tracing the Byzantine image as it evolved through centuries of warfare, contact, and exchanges. Including previously inaccessible material on the Arabic textual tradition on Byzantium, this investigation shows the significance of Byzantium to the Arab Muslim establishment and their appreciation of various facets of Byzantine culture and civilization. The Arabic-Islamic representation of the Byzantine Empire stretching from the reference to Byzantium in the Qur'an until the fall of Constantinople in 1453 is considered in terms of a few salient themes. The image of Byzantium reveals itself to be complex, non-monolithic, and self-referential. Formulating an alternative appreciation to the politics of confrontation and hostility that so often underlies scholarly discourse on Muslim-Byzantine relations, this book presents the schemes developed by medieval authors to reinterpret aspects of their own history, their own self-definition, and their own view of the world.

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In this very readable hook. El Cheikh has given on an interesting and well-researched study into the perceptions entertained by thc Muslims about their neighbours, the Byzantines...I have no Read more...

 
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